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Fourteen Likely for Hollywood Derby

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A bulging field of 14 sophomores are set to do battle in the Grade I, $250,000 Hollywood Derby, while the Grade I, $250,000 Matriarch is expected to draw nine or 10 fillies and mares.  Both races will be Sunday, the final day of the Turf Festival.
 
Heading the field for the 1 ¼ mile Derby are Grandeur (trainer Jeremy Noseda), Speaking of Which (Dermot Weld) and Smart Ellis (Richard Mandella), the 1-2-3 finishers in the Grade II Twilight Derby on Nov. 2.  Garrett Gomez has been confirmed as the rider on Grandeur and Patrick Smullen has been named on Speaking of Which.
 
Others penciled in are Handsome Mike (Doug O’Neill) and Golden Ticket (Ken McPeek), first and third, respectively, in the Grade II Pennsylvania Derby September 22 at Parx, Big Bane Theory (Carla Gaines), Lucky Chappy (Graham Motion), Twilight Eclipse (Thomas Albertrani), Silentio (Gary Mandella), and Unbridled Command (Tom Bush).
 
Supplemental nominees include General Logan (Motion), Groovin’ Solo (Myung Kwon Cho), All Squared Away (Peter Miller) and Rjwa (Francois Rohaut).  Rjwa, a filly, was supplemented for both the Derby and Matriarch, but Rohaut indicated she will start in the Derby with regular rider Thierry Jarnet in the saddle.
 
Budding star Dayatthespa (Chad Brown), winner of five in a row, including the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Keeneland October 13, deserves top billing in the one-mile Matriarch. 
 
Renewing their rivalry will be Summer Soiree (Motion) and Star Billing (John Shirreffs).  ‘The former defeated the latter in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks in August, 2011, before Star Billing returned the favor two months later with a victory in last year’s Matriarch.
 
Also slated to run are Emulous (Weld), who captured the 2011 Grade I Coolmore Matron in Ireland, Serena’s Cat Stakes winner Future Generation (Christophe Clement), and Grade II Santa Ana Stakes winner Vamo a Galupiar (Neil Drysdale). Smullen will pilot Emulous.
 
Supplemental nominees expected to start are Grade II Sands Point Stakes winner Better Lucky (Albertrani), and California bred Tiz Flirtatious (Marty Jones).
 
The wild card in the Matriarch is Mizdirection (Mike Puype), winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Nov. 3 at Santa Anita. Puype has been considering the daughter of Mizzen Mast, but a scheduled turf work was called off Sunday morning.  Her status remains undetermined.
 
 

 

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realize that logical trainers, outline a prgrams for each horse under their care INDIVIDUALLY
Why Animal Kingdom returned in the BC Mile. Words from his trainer, Graham Motion; BH 10/2/12 updated 10/6/12: "Coming off the layoff, the Mile just seems very logical for him," said Motion, who captured the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) in 2004 with Better Talk Now and Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) with Shared Account in 2010. "He certainly has the turn of foot to handle it. The timing is right for his schedule coming back, and the caliber of horse that he is, you're not going to look for a nice, easy spot. It's a totally different situation than last winter when we ran him in the Gulfstream allowance to get ready for the Dubai World Cup. Going a mile, we feel he should be very fit for this race, and he deserves the opportunity." The Hollywood Turf Cup to be run on December 15th., is at the distance of 1 1/2 miles. Possibly that would have been too long of a wait for Animal Kingdom's return, too long of distance for his first race back, and certainly not as prestigious as the BC Mile. The Hollywood Turf Cup is a grade 2 stakes.
i was meaning the hollywood turf cup
They say would of because phonetically it sounds like would've, meaning would have. They are not trying to increase stomach acid production.
Why must it always go down the rabbit hole? He's 4. The Hollywood Derby is for 3 yos ONLY. That's all. No offense to Animal Kingdom.
to old what the hell he is in his prime he is 4 years old.he would of won this race if he was in it he about beated wise dan i think he would have if he wouldnt of got in trouble down the strecth
I was waiting for someone else to say this, but AK is just a little too old for this particular race.
Oh, too bad Animal Kingdom wasn't saved for this race, 1 1/4 would be much better from him

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